Assam has a wide policy framework to achieve the departmental mission. The government is actively engaged in finalising and revising the policies so that the interest of the people and the state is fulfilled. People's participation in the conservation of the environment and forests is the core underlying principle in the formulation of all the policies of the state.
Forest resources have been regulated since early times. The roots of legislations, policies and guide lines for natural resource management in India can be traced back to the days of British colonialism. The relevant constitutional framework at the backdrop of management of forest resources are briefly enumerated as follows...
In 1952, the erstwhile Ministry of Food and Agriculture, Government of India enunciated a Forest policy to be followed in the management of state forests in the country. The need for this Policy was to highlight the changes since the enunciation of the Forest policy of 1894. Forest, however. continued to be viewed as source of revenue. While recognizing that the proportion of land to be kept permanently under forest would naturally vary in different regions, the policy said that practical consideration suggests, "that India, as whole, would aim at maintaining one third of its total land area under forests." Emphasis was laid on the conversion of low value mixed forests to high value plantation of commercial species.
Bamboo and Rattan represent untapped major resource of Assam State whose full ecological and economic potential needs to be recognized, developed and promoted in a manner ensuring ecological security for all round sustainable development of the State and also the livelihood security to its people.
|Assam Bamboo & Rattan Policy, 2003||232 KB|
|Assam Forest Policy, 2004||234.42 KB|
|National Working Plan||137.46 KB|